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This Woman Just Exposed the Truth About Depression in the Most Creative Way

Talking about mental health is not always the easiest thing to do, but one woman just boldly exposed the harsh reality — and stigmas — that people with depression often face.

Amy Geliebter

In a video called "Depression Makeup Tutorial," YouTuber Amy Geliebter uses makeup to candidly discuss the inward suffering and misconceptions that follow people with depression.

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She continues by addressing the ways people often undermine and misunderstand the severity of mental health disorders.

She also mentions how much pressure there is for depressed people to appear "normal" and mask their illness in order to make others comfortable.

And lastly, she describes the endless suffering that transpires in the mind of someone with depression.

Depression continues to be a major mental health problem in the U.S.

Major depression affects approximately 14.8 million Americans in people 18 years or older and is also the leading cause of disability in the United States for people ages 15-44. It is also responsible for more than two-thirds of 30,000 reported suicides in America each year, and depression is among the top three issues that affect people in the workplace behind stress and family crises, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

“If you tell people you suffer from depression, you’re likely to encounter social stigma — some people may immediately assume that you’re out of control or that you’re a danger and start to avoid you,” Joseph Hullett, MD, senior medical director of clinical strategy for OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions in Golden Valley, Minn. told Everyday Health.

“You may also experience discrimination on the job and get passed over for a promotion — these are real and genuine effects of depression-related stigma." According to Hullet, these social stigmas make it difficult for people to expose their illness to others.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Geliebter said she wanted to talk about mental health in a relatable way, and hopes that her video may be a source of encouragement to those with depression.

"I hope people watching may know that they're not alone and that there are always people out there who know what you're going through."

ATTN: reached out to Geliebter but did not receive a comment in time for publication.

You can watch the full video here: